God draws near to us not because we are righteous but because we are sinful. In human standard, no one wants to be with a sinful man. No one wants to be with a person who committed grave mistakes. But this is not the case with God. God made a way to draw near to man because we cannot do anything to lift ourselves out of our sinfulness. God, made a way, by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, to save man from sin. God was not repelled by our sinful state. It is the very sin that drove God to us. This does not mean that sin is pleasant to God and it does not imply that to draw near to God, we must sin. Sin is the reason why God, because of His rich mercy, gave up His life on the cross to save us. But once we believe in Jesus and we follow Jesus, sin should not reign in us anymore.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? May it never be! We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.”– Romans 6:1-4 (WEB)
It is however, very clear, that when we sin, the more we should approach God and seek His forgiveness and redemption. We should not be carried away by shame, guilt, and condemnation because His grace is bigger than our sin. Do not hide from God. God is always ready to meet us with open arms like how the father awaited the prodigal son. When the enemy tries to drown us in guilt because of our sins, rise up, go to Jesus, and bow down at His feet in surrender. He will not cast us away because we are sinful. He will embrace us with His love and will give us a new life.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”– 1 John 1:9 (WEB)
God’s grace abounds exceedingly. Such marvelous grace it is. It abounds. And it abounds exceedingly. God’s grace is so much and so much, much more. His grace is so huge to the extreme. We could not even picture that out perfectly. But try to understand this,
“For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a good person someone would even dare to die. But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”– Romans 5:7-8 (WEB)
There is the picture of the abounding exceeding grace of God through Jesus Christ. Rarely in this world would anyone do what Jesus had done for all and for anyone, even to the chief of sinners or worst of sinners in this world. While we were sinners, Jesus died for ALL of us, regardless, who we are. Regardless of our color and appearance. Regardless of every thing we did in the past. Regardless of any differences that this world emphasizes and capitalizes. None of that matters because His grace abounds exceedingly. Apostle Paul is a witness of God’s great grace that though he was a blasphemer, a persecutor, and insolent due to his ignorance from unbelief (1 Timothy 1:13), he still received the grace of God and he experienced a new life through Jesus Christ.
“The grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”– 1 Timothy 1:14-15 (WEB)
You may be thinking you are the worst of all man and you do not deserve the love of God. You may be thinking that you are a lost cause. You may be believing the lies of Satan that you are a hopeless case and you are not worth loving or you have no value at all. Jesus did not think so. He gave up His life for you and me so we can have abundant life, living in freedom from sin and any deceitfulness of the enemy.
God’s grace abounds exceedingly that it can cover all your sins and wash them all away. God can help you. Jesus can give you the life of peace and joy. Believe in Jesus, trust in His grace and love for you, and follow Him to the road of righteousness and new life.